Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words may be encouragement to them. Ephesians 4:29b

Monday, July 30, 2012

Lost in Creative Space: Part II - Green With Envy

Welcome to the second part of my creative space series!  If you missed Part I, be sure to check out how I transformed my office furniture from blah to black!  As I brushed on that black coat of paint, I began to picture what wall color would bring out my furniture best.  I wanted a color that would 1) make my furniture pop, 2) reflect my personal style, and 3) inspire and facilitate creativity, of course!

As I "Googled and Pinterested" through many inspiring creative spaces out there, this photo really caught my attention.

Yes, those Cs certainly grabbed me, but I was surprisingly drawn to those green walls!  I liked her black accents with the green, which helped me visualize my furniture with it.  I traced the room to Creative Keepsakes Magazine's Blog and found its owner to be editor, writer and crafter Cindy Tobey.  Cindy's blog showed more of her "Happy Little Studio" - a super cute and organized space!  She was kind enough to share her two wall colors with me, which ended up being a professional painters brand, so I went and found similar color swatches from Home Depot and Lowe's brands.  The shade I ended up choosing was one slightly between Cindy's two shades.  Meet Behr's Asparagus.

It's hard to share the true paint color here because it can be varied by the camera, the lighting of the room, the digital file and your viewing device.  For instance, if I push the angle my laptop screen back an inch or so, it looks more like the true shade of my walls.  :)  I'd say my color has more of a lime tint to than the above image. 

Prepping to paint this room while protecting my freshly painted furniture was pretty tricky, as you can see.  Everything was stacked in center of the room on top of drop-cloth-covered furniture.  It was a tight fit for painting (especially behind the shelves), but I sucked in and managed get it done.


The above shots show how lighting (ambient vs. indoor) truly impacts the wall color.  My walls are actually a deeper green than the day shots and less lime-y than the night shots, so somewhere between the two.  The final completion photos were taken the next day.  The color photographed light, but the room definitely looks better in green!


Now that you can finally see the full hutch and bookcase with the fabric backing, what do you think?  I am so in love with this simple embellishment.  I think it made a huge difference!  It also helps that I am madly in love with damask. :)  And did you notice the handy item in the corner?   Yup, the CD-rack-turned-ribbon-rack is a great asset to this diaper cake maker!

Sorry for the black-outs.  I wanted to save the small accents for my next post on decor and organization!  I know, I can't wait either, so stay tuned! :)

With green being the topic of the day, I leave you with this verse on being fresh and green in His eyes...

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "the Lord is upright; He is my rock and there is no wickedness in Him." - Psalm 92:12-15

Keeping Him in mind,

Monday, July 23, 2012

Lost In Creative Space: Part I - Office Furniture Revamp

Howdy and welcome to my first-ever blog series!  I'm very excited to share my creative space project with each of you.  It involved multiple phases, so I thought a series would be the best way to show you the process.  There's no way I could fit it all in one post and I'd also like to keep my readers awake, so here goes nothing!  :)  My first mission? Furniture!

When we moved into our new home, all we had for our new front-of-the-house study was my sad, particle board corner desk.  We knew we needed actual office furniture to facilitate me working from home, hubby's after-hours work, his engineering stuff and all our books.  Since the new office suites were too pricey, we turned to Craigslist.   I loved the idea of a black set.  Plus, it would go with my already-purchased black Ikea Vallvik shelves!  Sadly, there was nothing worthy out there in black. :(  In the end, we settled for a cherry wood-colored  Sauder Hill set from a nearby neighborhood.

Yes, it's engineered wood with a laminate finish, so not a great color or quality, but it was a step up for us and it did the job.

My biggest dislike?  The brass...the gold brass had to go!  It was nice to have "new" furniture, but it was overly traditional and executive office-y for me.  Below is the opposite wall of Ikea shelves. At least they coordinated with the black desktop? :-/

Fast forward one year...

Sharing the office wasn't working out too well and I had pretty much taken it over for work and most things Clearly Candace. ;)  Then my hubby came up with a brilliant idea!  He discovered that one of our attics was actually large enough for a  lab+workspace for him and all his engineering needs!  What?  An unseen, designated place for all those electronics books and beautiful engineering devices?  Um..yes, please!  What?  I can create my very own space in the study?!  Hubby, you rock my world! {squeal!}
On to the first project:  Furniture Revamp!

Around that time, a high school friend and blog inspiration of mine, Lindsay of Living with Lindsay, tested a new product called Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations at a convention. It claimed to be the new answer for outdated kitchen cabinets and Lindsay, who updates woods and furniture regularly, was very impressed.  I read up on it and found that it could be used on laminated finish - SOLD.  I had the answer to my furniture problems.  I would create the black office suite I'd always wanted by transforming my cherry laminate finish to a black wood grain finish!  $80 later, I had this:

The Rustoleum steps intrigued me.  It only required deglossing (vs. sanding), a base coat, a top coat and a glaze. I passed on glazing, so I only had 3 steps!  After removing the hardware, doors and drawer fronts, I deglossed the doors/drawers in my garage and the furniture pieces inside the room.  This step required rubber gloves, a scratchy sponge (included) and the deglosser liquid (included). It basically just removed the sheen from the finish.

Prep and Deglossing

The color coats (2) and clear coat were painted using a 2" brush to create a wood grain texture.  Thankfully, I was able to save paint by not painting door backs and inner closed cabinets.  In addition, Pinterest gave me the awesome idea of a fabric-backed bookcase which resulted in even less painting area!  I got fabric (Joann's) and Tacky Spray, removed the backboard, carefully spray-glued the fabric to it-smoothing it flat, trimmed the edges, and reattached the backboard.  Wa-la!  I also purchased a 10-pack of satin nickel finish pulls for the desk and 6 matching oval pulls for the doors (Home Depot). No. More. Brass.  Putting it all back together was my favorite part!


Painting and Fabric Backing
I recently took more shots of the finished pieces, but please accept my apologies for not including the upper shelving.  I wanted to share the color/finish transformation without giving away the rest of the room! :)  I promise to add some full furniture shots to this post after my series is complete. Needless to say, I am still in love with this set and very proud of my this affordable DIY update!


Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation Results

Another bonus about the color choice was that my handy black Ikea shelves now look perfect in the room. :) Oh, and I decided to add another little dandy to the room using the same paint.  A little hint: it's not used for CDs anymore...

I hope you like the outcome as much as I do!  I highly recommend trying Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations if you have similar furniture or cabinets in your home to update.  It's a great product and worth the price in comparison to new furniture or cabinet replacement. 

Stay tuned for Part II of Lost in Creative Space!  Can you say walls? :) Any guesses on color?

Since today was a "transformation" day, I chose to leave you with one of my favorite verses from Romans on life impacting transformation...

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test what Gods will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."  Romans 12:2

Keeping Him in mind,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Coming Soon: Lost in Creative Space

Cue Don LaFontaine's voice:

In a world of white walls, cherry veneered MDF, brass hardware and zero organization......one room was in desparate need of a makeover.

Introducing what was formerly known as...

The Baker Study.

(Lucy Says Howdy)

In the coming weeks, you will witness the transformation of one blah office into a space just for me! {squeal!}  I should thank the hubby for creating a man cave from our attic, which allowed me to call this one my own. :)

It was a longer process than I expected, being a busy SAHM with a part-time job, but I did it.  I'm no expert and I had plenty of distractions along the way, but I'm happy with the outcome.  I thought you might like a little sneak peak of glimpses of the fun. :)

Looking forward to sharing this DIY journey with you!  I've decided to call the series:

Lost in Creative Space

I did feel lost at times....mostly lost in the mess-HA! :)

Similar to the outcome of this project, I like this verse and wanted to share:

"The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride." Ecclesiastes 7:8

A good daily walk reminder.  With that, I hope you'll tune in.
Thanks for visiting!

Keeping Him in mind,